Tag: leigh


Samantha’s Baptism

Samantha was baptized the first Sunday after Easter at Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack. Our friend Alan, who is a priest, performed the ceremony, and Kelli and Patrick became her Godparents. Sarah and Rory stood up with their parents, too. […]


Sunday Brunch at the Hudson House

A little after-church toad in the hole never hurt anyone, did it? And stunning cherry blossoms as the centerpiece of the restaurant: Related posts: Easter Brunch at the Hudson House Mom’s Birthday at Hudson House Brunch at Barcel Dinner at […]


Saturday Supper at The Ranch

Mom had a few friends over for a fancy Saturday supper at The Ranch, and Sam and I were honored to be included. Of course Sam was upstairs sleeping when we all got to enjoy Anita’s lovely dessert, a blackberry […]


A Quiet Weekend at the Farm

The last weekend of February was a pretty quiet one around SCF. I was working on some freelance, so Mom and Leigh watched Srimp. Then they brought her back to the Farm — along with a lovely dinner of Avril […]


Breakfast at Harry’s Burritos

After church on Sunday, Sam, Mom, Leigh and I had some eggs, er, excuse me, heuvos, at Harry’s Burritos. My huevos rancheros: Related posts: Brunch with the Ranchers at Harry’s Burritos in Nyack Breakfast at City Limits Diner Lunch at […]

entertaining, family

Sunday Supper at the Ranch

We celebrated Leigh’s birthday with a delicious supper at the ranch. In attendance were Sam, naturally, and Les Gilberts: Peggy and Jim. Mom made her favorite lamb recipe, Lamb Charmoula, which came from Epicurious years ago. The house was festively […]


Brunch at Barcel

Mom, Leigh and I took Sam out for her first Sunday brunch at Cafe Barcel this weekend. I had a great latte — — and a terrific dish: Barcel Benedict, with poached eggs and Serrano over brioche. Sam had milk. […]


Italian Night at The Martins

Sam’s arrival put the kibosh on a Thanksgiving celebration out this year, so Judy and the gang invited us over for a pasta supper instead. It was pretty similar to Thanksgiving, except for the singing. And the turkey. We didn’t […]


Birthday Supper for Grandmom

We celebrated Grandmom’s birthday with a supper in the orchard: pork, corn and Doris’ cucumber salad. We had a plum cake to finish. An end-of-summer meal if ever there was one. Related posts: Grandmom’s Birthday Dinner For Mother’s Day, Grandmom’s […]

cooking, family

Sloppy Joe Supper at the Ranch

A cucumber cocktail started us off, then we served easy-peasy supper: heated up sloppy Joe’s, procured at Sheppard Mansion’s shop and made from raised-right beef. Blueberry cobbler, too. A good supper indeed. Related posts: Sunday Supper at the Ranch Summer […]


Late Night at the Cabin

Folks, I promise to get back to cooking and recipes in a few posts. For now, indulge me in a few photos for posterity’s sake. Here’s the family having a few drinks after the evening’s round of game playing. Here’s […]


Afternoon Card Games

Another lake tradition is playing cards in the afternoon. More often if it’s raining, but sometimes just because. Leigh and Lexi take a stab at Russian Bank: Related posts: Games on the Screened-In Porch Relaxing at the Dock Wild Card […]


Relaxing at the Dock

Reading magazines, swimming, birdwatching, napping. These are the things you do by the lakeside in Tennessee. Right, Laurie?   Related posts: Back at the Cabin for Supper on the Porch Father’s Day Garden Party at the Farm Mountain House with […]


Back at the Cabin for Supper on the Porch

Another supper, another porch. (Is that a Kiss Me Kate song?) Look at that beautiful blue sky behind Lexi, Wilson and Sarah. Related posts: Games on the Screened-In Porch Welcome to The Cabin! Fourth of July Supper: Smoked Ribs and […]


Games on the Screened-In Porch

After supper each evening, we took to the game table. Mostly we played Taboo, which is a whole lot of fun with a whole lot of people. Truly! Related posts: Fourth of July Supper: Smoked Ribs and Chicken Welcome to […]

family, travel

Welcome to The Cabin!

Our first night of fun at the cabin. What a joy to have all the family in one place for vacation…. we can’t remember the last time that’s happened. Related posts: Sunday Supper with Grandmom and the Ranchers: Burgers, Wedge […]

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Easter Dinner No. 2: The O’D’s

Kelli and Patrick were the gracious hosts of Easter Dinner No. 2. Three families gathered around the dining room table, and Patrick’s ham was the centerpiece of a lovely spring meal. Related posts: Easter Dinner No. 1: Les Gilberts Christmas […]